Sketches of a Small Town...circa 1940...a memoir

Sketches of a Small Town...circa 1940...a memoir


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Sketches of a Small Town...circa 1940...a memoir by Clifton K. Meador M.D., Mark Cowden

For a boy coming of age during the 1930s and '40s, Greenville, Alabama, a small cotton-farming town in the Deep South, was a wonderfully rich environment. Greenville may have been small, but for author Clifton K. Meador, MD, life growing up there was anything but dull.

In his memoir Sketches of a Small Town...circa 1940, Meador lovingly retells the stories that formed his values and shaped his life.

For young Clifton and his friends, there's plenty of trouble to stir up, ranging from a field fire, to buzzard hunting, to fights between the "country boys" and the "city boys," and, of course, girls. There are also poignant moments, such as the loss of his best friend because of the impenetrable wall of segregation. And there are quirky characters-the town's sole, somewhat frightening taxi driver; the intriguing, cross-dressing homosexual; and the eccentric agronomy professor turned failed farmer.

Sketches of a Small Town...circa 1940 not only tells one man's story, but also beautifully captures the remarkable people, places, and events that characterized a unique lifestyle in a bygone era.

"What we have here is a poignant, very funny, yet respectful look back at small-town life and characters in the Deep South in the '30s and '40s, pre-prosperity, before it was a recognized condition. Meador is a Mark Twain without the river and a Garrison Keillor without the snow... and Baptists instead of Lutherans. I loved this book."

-Harold Chambliss - freelance writer, humorist, and former magazine publisher

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499174397
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/21/2014
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Clifton K. Meador, MD, graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1955 with honors. After serving two years in the US Army Medical Corps, he completed his medical training and returned to his birthplace of Selma, Alabama, to practice medicine. He subsequently served as the director of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Center at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, then dean of the university's school of medicine, then a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt and a chief medical officer of Saint Thomas Hospital. Having retired in 2012, he is now a full-time writer.

Meador has published extensively in the medical literature and authored a number of satirical articles on the excesses of medical practice. He has also authored thirteen other books, including his best selling Fascinomas: Fascinating Medical Mysteries and True Medical Detective Stories. Sketches of a Small Town is his 14th book.

Sketches of a Small Town...circa 1940, is a memoir of his life growing up in a small cotton town in the Deep South during the 1930s and '40s.

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